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Andres Kurg

Andres Kurg

Professor of Architectural History

Andres Kurg is a professor of architectural history and visual culture at the Institute of Art History, Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn and Senior Research Fellow at the Faculty of History at Vilnius University. His academic work specializes on the Baltic countries and Russia during the Soviet era, with a special focus on the influence of technological transformations and changes in everyday life to the built environment from the 1960s to the 1980s. He studied art history at the Estonian Academy of Arts and architectural history at University College London.

He has curated exhibitions on Soviet architecture and design, including Environment, Projects, Concepts: Architects of the Tallinn School 1972-1985 at the Estonian Museum of Architecture (2008); Our Metamorphic Futures. Design, Technical Aesthetics and Experimental Architecture in the Soviet Union 1960–1980 in Vilnius National Gallery of Art and Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design (2011–12); and Centrifugal Tendencies: Tallinn, Moscow, Novosibirsk at the Museum of Architecture Drawing in Berlin (2017).

His recent publications include: Werewolves on Cattle Street: Estonian Collective Farms and Postmodern Architecture (in: Second World Postmodernisms. Ed. Vladimir Kulic, Bloomsbury 2019) and  Three Takes on the Environment (in: Art and Theory of Post-1989 Central and Eastern Europe: A Critical Anthology. Ed. Ana Janevski, Roxana Marcoci, Ksenia Nouril, MoMA & Duke University Press 2018).

In 2018 he was the General Chair of the European Architectural History Network (EAHN) Fifth International Conference in Tallinn, the biennial conference of the largest professional forum for architectural history in Europe.

He has held several international fellowships, including at the Getty Research Institute in L.A. and Yale University, and received funding for his work from the Graham Foundation, EU Culture program and Estonian Cultural Endowment.